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Our Call to Action

In 2004, a coalition of student groups came together based on the shared belief that student government should not be the luxury of an elite few, but the right of all who seek to serve. Bruins United advocated for equal access to funding, enhanced student spaces, and Bruin spirit. Their alliance was organized in recognition of the need for diverse representation to combat a system deadlocked by politicking and extreme slatist partisanship. These students, despite their varied interests, backgrounds, beliefs, and experiences recognized that they were stronger together than they were apart. And they were.

Over 13 years, Bruins United has continued to fulfill its mission to empower, amplify and unite the Bruin community. Our leaders have worked on academic excellence, campus climate and safety, affordability, sustainability, USAC transparency, Bruin spirit and more. 

But it is not enough to rely on the successes of the past. We recognize that in order to continue to have the privilege of serving the UCLA community, we must remain relevant and responsive to the needs of a changing UCLA community.

To remain responsive and relevant, the movement must be willing to reflect and evolve. We cannot passively rely on the relationships of the past, we must forge ahead to unite in the future.

This is our call to action.

We, the next generation of students who are committed to student leadership, student representation and student service, seek to create the next coalition of leaders -- with diverse interests, backgrounds, beliefs and experiences -- who are as committed to building community as they are to institutionalizing tangible change.

Bruins United is a coalition of campus leaders who are committed to bettering the student experience, for all.

Bruins United is our call to action for all who believe in the prioritization of student needs.

Bruins United seeks to create spaces for inclusive dialogue, holding space for multiple perspectives, positionalities and orientations.

Bruins United believes in the power of collective student voice, working to build coalitions of students to amplify and uplift each other.

Bruins United works to model intentional, cooperative, moral leadership by working with the administration, campus partners, community partners, and opposing student movements.

Bruins United is committed to open recruitment; no student will be prioritized or penalized on the basis of their affiliations or lack thereof.

Bruins United recognizes that there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to campus leadership -- nor should there ever be.

Bruins United manifests unity, not uniformity; the strength of our movement is that it is singular neither in voice nor in message.

Now more than ever, our campus, our country and our world need leaders who are willing to come together, not because we are the same, but because we are different. We need leaders who are committed to progressing forward, not by drawing lines and hiding behind them, but by recognizing the walls that exist and tearing them down. We need leaders who have the courage to stand up and speak, as well as the discipline to sit down and listen. We need leaders who will prioritize what is morally right over what is politically expedient.

We need leaders who believe that student government is not just the luxury of an elite few, but the responsibility and opportunity of all who seek to serve our community.

Bruins Serve.

Bruins Lead.

Bruins Advocate.

Bruins Engage.

Bruins Represent.

Together, Bruins Unite. 

We hope you'll join us. 

Our Core Leadership Principles

Many have asked us, "what exactly are you united in?" While the issues our leaders choose to take on and the methods they use to solve them vary from year to year, what holds constant are the leadership principles we maintain. Here they are: 

President | Ivp | Evp | Gen reps | aac | Fac | Fsc | TSr

PRESIDENT

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Claire Fieldman

Chief of Staff (2017-18) and Communications Director (2016-17), USAC Office of the President

Student Representative, CAPS Student Advisory Board

Publicity Chair, Hillel at UCLA Student Executive Board

INTERNAL VICE PRESIDENT

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Izzy Gardner

Institutionalized Events Director, USAC Internal Vice President's Office

BruinsHireBruins Director, USAC Office of the President

Student Worker, UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering

Editor, UCLA Law Journal

EXTERNAL VICE PRESIDENT

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Victoria Solkovits

Staff Fellow within LA City Council, US Congress, and California State Legislature representatives’ offices

Chief of Staff, Office of the Student Advisor to the UC Board of Regents

Elected Assembly District Delegate, California Democratic Party

Director of UC Affordability and Westwood Forward Liaison, USAC Office of the President

Student Advocate, USAC Office of the External Vice President

GENERAL REPRESENTATIVES

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Naomi Kisel

Student Legal Clerk, UCLA Student Legal Services

Board Member, Westwood Neighborhood Council

Director of Housing and Employment Education, USAC Office of the President  

Intern, City Councilmember Paul Koretz

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Bella Martin

Intern, USAC Office of the President

Intern, Good Clothes Good People Initiative

Intern, CALPIRG

Ambassador, UCLA Leadership Summit

ACADEMIC AFFAIRS COMMISSIONER

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Brock Bauer

Undergraduate Student Appointee, UCLA Steering Committee for Online Teaching and Learning

Student Board Member, UCLA WASC Accreditation Committee

Bruins Breaking Bread Program Director, USAC Office of The President

Executive Board Member, Bruin Real Estate Association

FACILITIES COMMISSIONER

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Aneri Suthar

Social Justice Committee Director, USAC Facilities Commission

Title IX Committee Director, USAC Office of the President

Director of Affordability, USAC Financial Supports Commission

Co-Director of Membership and Marketing, UCLA Renewable Energy Association

FINANCIAL SUPPORTS COMMISSIONER

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Lior Behdadnia

Student Advocate, Bruins for Affordability, USAC Financial Supports Commission

Board Member, UCLA Pre-Law Transfer Society

Student Worker, UCLA Transportation Services

Intern, Great Public Schools: Los Angeles PAC

TRANSFER STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE

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Jessica Kim

Member, Transfer Leadership Coalition

Staff Member, UC Affordability and Westwood Forward Committees, USAC Office of the President

Community Organizer, LA City Hall Gang Reduction and Youth Development Program

Fellow, Santa Monica Democratic Club

 

Bruins United For...

Our 2018 Party Platforms

Westwood | Academics | Affordability | Safety | Civic Engagement | Gender Equity | Housing | Resources

 

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    + bring the evals to bruinwalk

    Increase professor accountability by creating an option on the Office of Instructional Development Course Evaluations to sync directly to BruinWalk.com

    - Brock Bauer (Academic Affairs Commissioner)

    + bruins breaking bread

    Set up weekly professor-student dinners and programming between faculty and students to bring the UCLA community closer in an informal setting.

    - Brock Bauer (Academic Affairs Commissioner)

    + transfer into appointments

    Work with the Transfer Leadership Coalition to reduce appointed leadership positions from two year to one year terms so transfer students can amplify their voices and concerns at the council table. 

    Jessica Kim (Transfer Student Representative)

    + connecting communities

    Work in tandem with the Transfer Student Center to create more information sessions and community-building events to allow transfers to have more opportunities to connect with the rest of the student body.

    Jessica Kim (Transfer Student Representative)

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    + disclose my costs

    Advocate for professors to disclose and justify course costs during enrollment, creating transparency and pressure to lower textbook/materials costs.

    - Bella Martin (General Representative)

    + accessible uc

    Lobby the state and federal governments for long-term solutions which simplify and expand financial aid options available to students, such as summer Cal Grants and increased subsidized loan caps.

    - Lior Behdadnia (Financial Supports Commissioner)

    + you're not a loan

    Organization of regular introductory-level events teaching personal finance and life management skills.

    - Lior Behdadnia (Financial Supports Commissioner)

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    + first fridays in westwood

    Host quarterly block parties in Westwood with food trucks and live music to foster a fun and vibrant college town.

    - Naomi Kisel (General Representative)

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    + Time's up

    Reform and expand sexual violence prevention trainings for incoming, new, and returning students centered around collaborative upstander intervention protocol and Title IX proceedings.

    - Claire Fieldman (President)

    Advocate for funding to provide rape kits and STI treatment for survivors of sexual assault on campus and expand safety resources in Westwood bars.

    - Izzy Gardner (Internal Vice President)

    Amplify and support the work of student initiatives against sexual harassment and sexual violence by advocating for a state law mandating biannual Title IX training for students at public universities.

    - Victoria Solkovits (External Vice President)

    + our safety

    Increase transparency of emergency decision-making and notification procedures, enhance emergency preparedness trainings, and institutionalize an inclusive, student-run safety advisory committee.

    - Claire Fieldman (President)

    + scooters and commuters

    Promote sustainability and safety on campus by advocating for a bike lane all around the campus loop to prevent students from getting unnecessary citations and decrease injuries from vehicles like Bird and Lime Scooter.

    - Bella Martin (General Representative)

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    + #Wewillrun

    Foster civic participation for all future elections by increasing get out the vote efforts on campus and creating programming to encourage students to engage in local politics.

    Victoria Solkovits (External Vice President)

    + campus capitol connection

    Make existing resources more accessible to students by creating a streamlined process in which the EVP office assists every step of the way including outreach, training, and transparent funding applications.

    Victoria Solkovits (External Vice President)

    + bruin service announcements

    Increase student government involvement and engagement by creating short videos explaining the ins-and-outs of USAC as well as create a space for clubs and organizations to broadcast events and programming in multiple languages.

    - Bella Martin (General Representative)

    + your first-gen story

    Organize a UC-wide summit for first generation students to provide resources to network and navigate student life on campus.

    - Naomi Kisel (General Representative)

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    + lean in

    Build a women’s leadership development and mentorship network of students, faculty, and alumni to empower femme-identifying leaders to succeed on campus and in their careers.

    - Claire Fieldman (President)

    + #MYbodymyrules

    Co-program with other campus entities to research and advocate for stronger reproductive healthcare resources for students and more free menstrual products on campus.

    Aneri Suthar (Facilities Commissioner)

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    + your home, your rights

    Lead an informational campaign and facilitate workshops to ensure students know their rights as tenants.

    - Naomi Kisel (General Representative)

    + home sweet home

    Creating and implementing apartment hunting curriculum with Student Legal Services to prevent housing fraud through Hill workshops, apartment and landlord reviews on BruinWalk website, and development of centralized forum for summer subletting.

    Aneri Suthar (Facilities Commissioner)

    + suite dreams

    Advocate to allocate university apartment space for transfers to expand on available housing options and to create a space where transfers can live off-campus without sacrificing networking opportunities within the transfer community.

    Jessica Kim (Transfer Student Representative)

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    + look before you book

    Work with ASUCLA to streamline room reservation process for student organizations and create a public calendar to highlight the work of our student groups.

    - Izzy Gardner (Internal Vice President)

    + no lines, good times

    Eliminate the line for home basketball games by working with The Den and UCLA Athletics to create an online ticket reservation process as well as scholarship opportunities for recreational sports and Den Passes.

    - Izzy Gardner (Internal Vice President)

    + paths to success

    Collaborate with the Career Center to create a Resource Guide that provides students with advice on not only where to begin their professional development at UCLA, but how they can use this resource to achieve their career goals upon graduation.

    - Brock Bauer (Academic Affairs Commissioner)

    + Making spaces

    Advocating for appropriate meeting/practice space reform for student organizations in need of specialized spaces; assessing current and creating more lactation spaces, sensory retreat rooms, and bathrooms.

    Aneri Suthar (Facilities Commissioner)

    + park at ucla

    Partner with UCLA Transportation office to develop alternative parking solutions that make parking more affordable and accessible to students e.g. payment plans for specific days and times.

    - Lior Behdadnia (Financial Supports Commissioner)

     
     

    Our Accomplishments

    This is a selection of some of the accomplishments our leaders have brought to campus.

    Increasing Affordability

    • iClicker Loan Library

    • Lab Coat Loan Library
    • Portable Phone Charger Loan Library

    • Textbook Scholarships

    • Parking Scholarships

    • Financial Literacy Workshops/Week
    • Financial Literacy Course

    • Den Season Bus Pass

    • Financial Aid Fair

    • On-Campus Jobs Fair

    USAC Transparency & Efficiency

    • USAC Endowment for Sustainable Funding

    • USAC Mid-Year Budget Report

    • USAC Live! Council Meeting Livestream

    Relevant & Exciting Student Programs

    • LGBTQ Awareness Week

    • Off-Campus Living Fair

    • Den Season Bus

    • Bruin Confidential

    • Revitalization of Homecoming

    • Bruins Night Out & Dank Deals for Bruins

    • #LateNightLandfair

    • Holi at UCLA

    • ASUCLA T-Shirt Design Contest

    Safety

    • Sexual Assault Resources & Coalition
    • Sexual Health Workshops & Education

    • Campus Safety Day

    • Circle of 6 U for UCLA

    • Added Lighting to Westwood Village

    Academic Advocacy & Resources

    • Stress Free Days with Free Blue Books and More

    • CCLE Syllabus Preview

    • Increased Study Spaces for Finals

    • Diversity Requirement

    • Academic Inequity Awareness Week

    • Transfer Workshops & Resource Fairs

    • Show Me the Ropes

    • Bruin Defenders Grant

    • BruinsVOTE!

    • Appetizers with Administrators

    • Bear Essentials Mobile Application

    • Provided Buses to the Women's March

    Environmental Sustainability

    • Solar Powered Umbrellas in Kerckhoff Patio

    • Drought Resistant Grass

    • Solar Panels on Ackerman

    • UCLA Farmer’s Market

    • ASUCLA Reusable Mug Contest

    • Water Bottle Refilling Hydration Stations

    • Composting Video Competition

    • UCLA vs USC Water Conservation Competition

    Student Group Resources

    • ASUCLA Creative Services Design Team

    • Student Group Funding How-To Guide

    • Spring Activities Fair

    • SOLE-Mates